Thursday, September 24, 2009

Did you take my doors?

After arriving at church in my Honda Coupe, one of the little church girls walked over and studied it. After she looked at it for a bit she turned to me and asked, "What happened to your two other doors? *gasp* Did somebody steal them?" :) I chuckled a little, "No dear, it was actually made that way." :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I see Him in everything!

Good morning dear ones, I hope you are all doing well. I know, another day of writing... it appears to go in cycles I think. :) I want to start off by saying thank you very much to the ones that commented on the post right before this one. Those sweet words of encouragement really meant much more than you know. As I finished writing it on Monday I hesitated before I pushed that bright orange publication button, I was worried that it would be boring to you. I didn't think anybody would really want to know what my day was like and so I almost didn't post it. But God had me push that button and I shared with you all what my day was like, and you in turn blessed me with comments so sweet they made my day even brighter. :) So thank you!

That said, today's post will somewhat be along the same lines as yesterday. But unlike yesterday where I unfortunately focused far to much on what I did, I want to focus today on what He did. It truly is MUCH more amazing.

Yesterday was by far one of the busiest days I have ever had in my whole life. Busy in the sense of being gone from my home for most of the day. My day consisted of getting in the car at 8:30am driving 2 hours for a doctors appointment, driving back returning home at about 1:50pm. I then went to work at 2:30 until 8:15pm which included our 3 hour full staff training. I then stopped at home for a max of about 5 minutes and then went to play practice at the public school until 10pm. Fphew. I think I figured out that I was home for a grand total of... drum roll please.... a little over half an hour for the WHOLE DAY! That's CRAZY! But, like I said at the beginning of this post, I will be attempting to focus on what He did and not what I did. :)

God showed Himself to me yesterday when He helped me get a GREAT nights rest the night before. He showed Himself to me when He helped me get my school done in the car on the way to the doctor. He showed Himself to me when He allowed doctor to help me and get me some things to get my body back into its natural rhythm again, which in turn will help me to have energy!! YEAH! Or as the doctor said "I'm giving you a bottle of life." That being said, I had a bit of energy to help with all the running that day. He showed Himself to me when He displayed His awesomeness in the landscaping as we were driving. He showed Himself to me when we got home and I walked down the hallway to my room and I found that my bed was made, and then after further inspection that my whole room was clean! Needless to say I almost dropped my bags. My mom cleaned my room for me! Now you might say, "Wow you must be really bad at cleaning your room... I mean your mom cleaned your room for you!" And I think I'd have to say yes to that. No, I am not good at cleaning my room. I had been slowly cleaning it for about the past week and I just hadn't the time. If you could have just felt what I felt when I walked into that gloriously clean room I think you would understand! She then showed me how she had sorted my clothes. Not even kidding. She showed me how the "Shirts with words and writings go in the tub in your closet, the rest of your closet is sorted by softball jerseys, nightgowns, skirts, dresses and jumpers... you then you have your work shirts and then your short sleeve shirts (and I'm not even kidding here, they were sorted by color!!!!) , long sleeve shirts, plaids, patterns, sweaters.. etc. Now in your dresser we have.." and she continued to show them to me. I just stood there absolutely speechless!! She had done all of this for me! She even had my socks separated by color! What would I do without my mother?! God is soo good to me to give me such a loving mother that knows that it bothers me that my room isn't clean but I don't have the time to clean it. So in her love... she cleans it for me!! I love you Mommy!!

He showed Himself to me when I went to work and did the normal teller job until our closing time at 5. He showed Himself to me on a little 5 minute break that I had when I checked my blog and that is when, dear friends, I saw your comments!! It made me soo happy!! I returned to work knowing that God is still working in me!! Yippee! He showed Himself to me when He helped me stay awake and to actually understand what the training was about. :P He showed Himself to me when I arrived home for a wonderful 5 minute stop. He showed Himself to me at play practice when He helped me to be calm and to remember all of my lines! Also by giving me the best director in the world!! She is so sweet! She is so willing to work with us over and over and over again until we get it! He also showed Himself to me by placing the right guy for me to act with, one who understands why I can't always do the things that they ask me to do (i.e. kissing) and he is so willing to work around it. Plus the director understands and she works with us so that we will be more comfortable in our scenes. Definitely GOD working!!!
He showed Himself to me in SO many other ways that day that I didn't write down for you. He is such an AMAZING GOD!! I am absolutely THRILLED to be called His child. Aren't you?!

Monday, September 21, 2009

I woke up this morning to the soothing sound of rain falling gently outside my window. My polyester sheets cool and smooth all around me as I snuggle into them telling myself "five more minutes, then I'll get up". The thump-thump of mother walking down the hallway to my room, the rattle of the doorknob and the ker-chunk as she opens the door. I bury my face deep into my pillow, "Leah, we leave in 20 minutes for piano...better get up.... are you awake?". I grunted to show I was at least partially awake, enough to hear and understand what she said. I turned over and looked out my window to the rain covered outside, the sky grey with harmless rainclouds overhead. I rolled over and out of bed.

After getting ready in about 15 minutes I walked out the door with purse, piano bag, camera and morning juice in hand. I plop into the drivers seat and run the wipers, the rain smears on the windshield. After we get out of town I see the morning sun as it attempts to peek through the clouds.

"As I drove to piano lessons, a couple hundreds miles away my penpal and blogpal was addressing an envelope to me and hurrying through the rain out to the mail box, hoping that she had given it adequate postage..." :P

The rain continues to patter for the entire ride. Half-way there we turn onto a detour which takes us on this GORGEOUS dirt road. The cornfields on either side of the road just turning a shade of brown, the grass in the ditches lush and green, the dirt road in shades of brown to black over the entire road. Due to the amount of travel on the road, washboards have formed and they shake your car vigorously.

Into the house and onto the couch where I read "Don't waste your life" by John Piper. I sat and tried to soak it in as much as possible. His words like air into a deflating balloon. I devoured it with much joy. After piano lessons we got back into the car and headed back home. As we arrive onto the detour I was awestruck again by the beauty of this little road that I have come to love. I pulled over onto the side of the road and took a good deal of pictures in an attempt to capture the solemness of the road. Off we go again until we arrive home.

After doing my Bible study for the day and 5 pages in math I then go into the kitchen to make Mac and Cheese for Ethan and myself. Just a box mix with absolutely NO similarities to mom's, but it's food right? After boiling the water and putting in the noodles I sat and turned on my computer. The soft humming of the computer as it starts, the pfooshing of the noodles as they roll around in the boiling water, Uncommon Ritual playing softly in the background. It's a chilly 65 degrees outside but I am extremely thankful for it. Due to the chilliness I get to put on a long sleeved shirt and my baggy-second-hand-store-treasure carpenter pants and socks. Total warmness. I call Ethan up and we eat while we eat I sit and I write this, and as I sit here I think of God's endless supply of mercy. I think of how thankful I am that His supply is endless, otherwise I would have used it up long before now. I think of all that I would miss if I attended a public school, or if I was at work. I think of all that God has been teaching me over that last few days and the joy that comes with it. I sit and I contemplate life and I hope that I am not wasting it. As I finish up the last of the fake Mac and Cheese I pray for strength for the rest of the day and for the week. I pray for all of you as well, that you would take time each day to stop and think of all that God has done for you and for what He is doing in your life and what He will continue to do (Phil 1:5-6). I STRONGLY encourage you to read "Don't Waste Your Life" because I know it won't be a waste of your time.

Friday, September 18, 2009

You bet I was nervous....

when I walked into that hair place...

...but I think she did a GREAT job...

(P. S. Just in case you question why I was nervous, I'm the kind of person that gets really nervous when I cut my hair or when I do anything semi-permanent to it...I'm getting better though. )
( P.S.S. For those of you who perhaps haven't seen me before...I got bangs. :-) )

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Marco Polo's 755th birthday today. :)

Award! :)

I was just awarded the Honest Scrap award from Hannah. Thanks Hannah!! :)

Here are the rules...

1. Say thanks and link to the person who gave you the award.

2. Share ten "honest" things about myself (in some of these cases, I have discovered that the word "honest" is synonymous with "embarrassing.")

3. Award this to seven people who's blog design/content I admire or who have encouraged me, and inform them of their win and of the rules of this award.

Here are the ten things...

1. I play the Piano, Mandolin and the Fiddle.
2.I play softball and participate in the play for the Public School.
3. I REALLY want to be a missionary to Africa
4. My favorite subject in school is photography.... surprised you hu? :)
5. I had 5 sets of stitches by the time I was 12 and the most number stitches I've ever had was 15.
6. I want to live on a farm someday.
7.I own 1 pair of high heels and I absolutely ADORE THEM!
8. I hate sauerkraut.
9.I love the Indianapolis Colts!! Go Manning! :)
10. I am deathly afraid of swimming in our lake.

I award it to Cloe because she is the best!! :) Ana because of her constant Godward focus. Katie because of her creativity and her love for her family. Fred and Leon because of their fun look at life.
Chelsea and Laura because they inspire me!! Melanie because she is the sweetest girl I "know" . :) Nikki because she is such an AMAZING role model for me.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Yes, school starts already, in fact I started today. It's going to take a little bit to get back into the peaceful rhythm of morning school, but I am looking forward to it. How I love our mornings together! It's hard to believe that this is my last year of school. *sniff* God has taught me MANY wonderful lessons during these 12 years. My dad and mom always say "You are in school your whole life. Even though you may not be in a classroom, you are ALWAYS learning." Such sweet, beautiful words of wisdom. :) So, to start off this "last first day of school" I will share a quote by Martin Luther from my history book.

After being excommunicated from the church for opposing papal dogma, Luther was summoned to Worms in 1521 to appear before the Emperor Charles V and his assembly or diet. There, when asked to recant or suffer the fate of a heretic, Luther gave a reply that was the moral equivalent of an earthquake:

Since then Your Majesty and your lordships desire a simple reply, I will answer without horns and without teeth. Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason- I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other- my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me, Amen.